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A sunflower is a perfect example of a natural pattern…from the root system to the intricate arrangement of the seeds.  This class of 1st – 3rd graders dissected this sunflower with gusto..  from roots to head they were all over it!

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One of them found a stink bug and proceed to put it into the hole of the head of the flower (see the picture) When we cracked open the seed head they were hysterical to see the bug in there! Sorta like hide and seed with a stink bug!
 After they finished their seed picking they set to work on creating their own sunflower paintings!  I love how unique each painting is.  It shows that they are free to create and interpret how they would like.  That’s the best thing about being a kid, being allowed to paint a sunflower how you’d like without criticism!   So here they are for you to enjoy!

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Enjoy your day and get outside!!

 

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Well, were back to exploring the great outdoors at Avalon again!!

Our first day back was with the Sticks Stones and Stories preschoolers… moms/dads/grandmas/oma’s/ opa’s…  fabulous

Our super fun first exploration was something so big and beautiful it’s hard to believe that it all starts with one seed!

It’s the towering sunflower!!!

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These flowers have spent their days growing in our great garden on the side of the barn, bathing in the delicious sunshine all summer.

As the petals begin to turn brown and the flowerets have been pollinated it is now time to explore this amazing flower!

Most children get to admire this  flower from afar.  But today we pulled it out of the ground … tearing the roots from the earth..   examining them. Next, using a hand saw,  cutting open the chunky stem to feel the moist insides where the water flows.  Touching the large rough leaves and playing with them ( Lilly made music with hers!)  Finally getting the head of the flower to examine the petals, all the mini flowers and the seeds!!!  Such an amazing sight to see how they grow … all neatly packed  in there.

Once we finished exploring outside we took the heads and brought them inside to take out the seeds.  Everyone  got to take their seeds home.  I wonder what they will do with them?  Eat them, feed them to the animals… plant them???  Such fun!

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Finally a craft and a story to complete our first class together.  Great kids, great parent and grandparents.

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Get outside!

peace, Sue